Believing in the Possible

By studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, students pursue dreams. They see a bright future and are supported by dedicated faculty who share their belief that, with education and skills, they will succeed.p23-Reynolds-Rina_0711
While the liberal arts and the value of degrees earned by students in our college often are misunderstood, our alumni know better. In our work with alumni and friends, I have learned our donors want to make a difference. They are focused on transformational giving.

In the past year, alumnus Jim Hoch (’61, bacteriology) brought us his vision to establish a scientific lectureship in health sciences. This fall, the Hoch Family Lecture will bring the 2012 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Dr. Brian Kobilka, to visit with our undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in health sciences. Hoch’s desire is that interaction with a scientist of Kobilka’s stature will open the eyes of undergraduates to the future of scientific research as envisioned by those at the top of their fields and to plan their career paths to be competitive.

Recently, Ginny Bunkers-Ford (’73, English) wanted to honor the memory of Jerry Yarbrough, her former English professor. We discussed the recent dedication of the English department’s relocation of The Writing Center to the Briggs Library. The Writing Center serves the entire campus. Thanks to her vision and generosity, it will now have an operating endowment for annual support plus funds to establish an undergraduate peer-tutoring program.

“I hope that my small gift makes a difference for the English department and any student who needs a little tutoring,” Bunkers-Ford said. “I really loved my time at SDSU as a graduate student and TA in the English department. The professors were terrific teachers and mentors. I learned the most from Ruth Alexander, Jean Walz and Jerry Yarbrough. They inspired me to keep reaching and improving. I often think of them with a smile and gratitude and great respect. I’d like to pay back a little with my gift.”

There is a long list of programs and projects that benefit from private giving. However, the list of opportunities where help is needed is even longer.
Whether you want to help lessen the financial burden on students by supporting an annual or endowed scholarship, or want to fund an internship or research fellowship for students to put their classroom education to work, we can match your interest with an opportunity.

Rita (’81, speech) and Jim (’82, electrical engineering) Edwards have stepped forward with an early gift to support the expansion of the Performing Arts Center. While continuing their annual support of Prairie Repertory Theatre and State University Theatre, as well their respective colleges and Jackrabbit athletics, Jim and Rita know a new 850-seat proscenium theater is needed to support theater at State.

What do you believe is important? How would you like to help transform the lives of students, faculty and the campus? Are you ready to believe that you can make that difference? Whether you wish to discuss a specific idea you have, or you’d like to ask where we have the greatest need, I am excited to help you make a difference and believe in the possible.

By Rina Reynolds
Development Director for the
College of Arts and Sciences, SDSU Foundation

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